Topic outline

Governments and development actors increasingly recognize that strengthening tenure can create powerful incentives for the sustainable use of forest resources and contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Based on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (the VGGT) principles, this course is designed to help learners understand and apply key principles for strengthening tenure.

This e-learning course targets a wide range of stakeholders, specifically: 

  • National land and forest policy makers and technical advisors.
  • Forestry practitioners and programme managers.
  • Non-governmental organizations and civil society organizations.
  • Forest user groups and producer organizations.
  • Private sector companies working in the forestry sector.
  • Forestry academics and students.

  • National and global forest challenges and their connections to underlying tenure issues.
  • Tenure concepts and the principles of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure to Land, Fisheries and Forests (the VGGT).
  • How the application of the VGGT can strengthen the forestry sector, particularly non-state forestry. Some methods for improving data quality.
  • How to conduct forest tenure and governance assessments.
  • Find additional resources on forest tenure and the VGGT.

The course consists of 4 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 45 minutes duration each: 

  • Lesson 1 – Secure forest tenure is the foundation for achieving global goals 
  • Lesson 2 – The VGGT and their importance in forestry  
  • Lesson 3 – Assessing tenure using the VGGT 
  • Lesson 4 – VGGT best practices

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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